PGMS Announces Aaron Martinez as CGM #170

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has announced that Aaron Martinez, CGM, of the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System in Tyler, Texas has become the 170th grounds management professional to successfully complete its Certified Grounds Manager (CGM) program.

PGMS: Why did you want to become a CGM?
Martinez: I work at a large Healthcare system where many of my colleagues are required to achieve certifications in their respective careers. The organization places an emphasis on education and leadership development. I was personally motivated by the continuing education and the emphasis on sustainability which fits perfectly with the mission of our non-profit faith-based healthcare system.

PGMS: How has the CGM program helped you further your career?
Martinez: The information required in the program forces you to place your entire management program under a microscope. The result is a roadmap showing where you perform well and where you can improve. It’s an experience that requires a tremendous commitment to learn and improve. I have no doubt the pursuit of the CGM credential has made me a stronger leader and a great grounds manager.

PGMS: What do you feel is the biggest challenge green industry professionals are facing today?
Martinez: Finding employees that care about the industry is a huge challenge, but even further, finding professionals that care about customer service and performance improvement is even more difficult. We should be actively engaged in recruiting our replacements in this industry.

PGMS: What advice do you have for aspiring CGMs?
Martinez: Start now, take lots of photos, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. The amount of work is extensive but the result will make you a better leader.

PGMS: What are your favorite aspects of working in the green industry?
Martinez: I love being outside. My previous experience was in golf course maintenance and I grew up playing golf with my father. I always loved being outdoors and love the challenge of facing off against mother nature.

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